50 Fun and Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

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Learn how to sew and enjoy it with these fun and easy beginner sewing projects! These are great for kids or an adult learning to sew!

Are you wanting to learn to sew or perfect your sewing craft? Going back to the basics can be a great way to learn and remember why you love to sew!

I’ve put a big list of easy beginner sewing projects that are great for kids to or an adult just learning to sew. It’s never to late to learn, and there’s something fun and interesting for everyone on this list!

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Some are small sewing projects and some are big sewing projects. Some use up fabric scraps and some use big pieces of new fabric. There are even upcycles to make the sewing easier!

sew a sunglasses case with a free sewing pattern

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What makes a sewing project good for beginners?

Look for sewing projects with lots of straight lines. Straight lines are the easiest seam to sew, and it’s good for beginners to practice.

Look for sewing projects that use either quilting cotton, the best beginner sewing woven fabric, or cotton spandex jersey, the best beginner sewing knit fabric. Fleece fabric is another great fabric for beginners to work with.

Look for sewing projects that use a smaller amount of fabric since less fabric means smaller seams.

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

Do you like fun and easy sewing projects? Check out these great ideas:

Free Fabric Basket sewing Pattern

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

Beginner Sewing Projects

fabric box sewing pattern

Free Fabric Box Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a fabric box with a free sewing pattern. Get organized with this fun beginner sewing project!

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

DIY Fleece Blanket: 6 Different Ways

Learn how to make a DIY fleece blanket six different ways. Each version is a finish for the sides and is either a sew or no-sew tutorial.

Easy Bookmarks to Sew with a Free Pattern

Easy Bookmarks to Sew with a Free Pattern

Check out these easy bookmarks to sew with a free sewing pattern. These four bookmarks use scraps of fabric for a quick beginner sewing project!

diy triangle scarf

How to Make a Triangle Scarf

Learn how to make a triangle scarf with just a yard of fabric and some tassels or pompoms. This is a great beginner sewing project that makes the perfect gift!

sew a pillowcase

Make a Pillowcase with the Burrito Method

Learn how to make a pillowcase with the burrito method. This is a great beginner sewing project, and it makes a great gift for kids!

free ball sewing pattern

Free Ball Sewing Pattern

Learn how to sew a ball or sphere with a free ball sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for little kids or pets to play with!

Free Fabric Basket sewing Pattern

Free Fabric Basket Pattern

Learn how to make a fabric basket with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for decorating and organizing the home.

Free Balaclava Sewing Pattern

Free Balaclava Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a balaclava with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project uses fleece or sweatshirting in kids and adults sizes.

free apron sewing pattern

Free Apron Sewing Pattern

Learn how to sew an apron with a free PDF sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project even has pockets, and its a great handmade gift!

diy reusable makeup remover pads

How to Make DIY Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

Learn how to make DIY reusable makeup remover pads to help you save money and create less waste. It’s a great scrap fabric sewing project!

diy pencil pouch sewing

Easy DIY Pencil Pouch

Learn how to sew an easy DIY pencil pouch with scraps of fabric, a zipper, and a free sewing pattern. This is a great beginner sewing project!

how to make linen napkins

How to Make Linen Napkins

Learn how to make linen napkins with this easy sewing tutorial! This beginner sewing project makes the perfect handmade gift!

diy reusable water balloons

DIY Reusable Water Balloons

Learn how to make DIY reusable water balloons using sponges and scraps of fleece fabric. It’s a quick summer sewing project that is fun to play with!

ice cream pint cozy sewing pattern

Free Ice Cream Pint Cozy Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a ice cream pint cozy with a free sewing pattern. Keep ice cream cold and hands warm while you enjoy a summer treat.

sew a drawstring bag

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag

Learn how to sew a drawstring bag with a free drawstring bag sewing pattern. It can be changed to any size, and it can hold so many different things.

make an infinity scarf

How to Make an Infinity Scarf

Learn how to make an infinity scarf with knit fabric. This beginner sewing project makes a great accessory and a great handmade gift!

Free Bucket Hat Sewing Pattern

Free Bucket Hat Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a bucket hat with a free sewing pattern in baby, child, and adult sizes. This beginner sewing project is great for summer!

free dog bandana pattern

Free Dog Bandana Pattern

Learn how to make a dog accessory with a free dog bandana sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a great way to use up fabric scraps!

Free Headband Sewing Patterns

Free Headband Sewing Patterns

Learn how to make a headband with one of these free headband PDF sewing patterns. This beginner sewing project comes in five styles and five sizes!

DIY Car Trash Can

Keep Your Car Clean with a DIY Car Trash Can

Make it easier to keep your car clean with a DIY car trash can. This beginner sewing project is simple with a free sewing pattern!

gift card holder pattern

Free Gift Card Holder Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a gift card holder with a free sewing pattern. These look like Christmas tags and can hold a gift card or tiny card and envelope!

free ear warmer sewing pattern

Free Ear Warmer Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a warm gift with this free ear warmer sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is comfortable because of the shaping.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

how to sew a zipper pouch

How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Learn how to sew a zipper pouch with a free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project is great for beginners and makes a great handmade gift!

popsicle holder free sewing pattern

Free Popsicle Holder Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a popsicle holder with a free sewing pattern. There’s a mermaid tail, shark, sword hilt, and a simple rectangle.

how to make an envelope pillow cover

How to Make an Envelope Pillow Cover

Learn how to make an easy envelope pillow cover that makes the perfect throw pillow. Add a flange or not to this beginner sewing project.

free hanging kitchen towel sewing pattern

Free Hanging Kitchen Towel Sewing Pattern

Make a beginner sewing project with this free hanging kitchen towel sewing pattern. Use a towel or quilting cotton for an easy gift to sew!

make kid apron

Fat Quarter Kid Apron Tutorial

Learn how to make a kid size apron with just a fat quarter of fabric. This kid apron tutorial is a beginner sewing project perfect as a gift!

diy fabric napkin

DIY Cloth Napkins

Learn how to make DIY cloth napkins with silk and cotton fabric. This beginner sewing project is reusable and washable for the table.

tote bag sewing pattern

Free Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a tote bag with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing pattern is a great way to carry all your essentials.

How to Make Placemats

How to Make Placemats

Learn how to make placemats with a 1/2 yard of fabric! This is a great beginner sewing project and can use the prettiest fabric!

fat quarter skirt diy

DIY Fat Quarter Skirt for Little Girls

Learn how to make a DIY fat quarter skirt for little girls. It's fast, easy, it's a great scrap fabric project, and would make an adorable gift!

make a cheater quilt

How to Make a Cheater Quilt

Learn how to make a cheater quilt that is fast, easy, and you can use any striped or plaid fabric. A cheater quilt is perfect for gifts!

DIY Tea Towel Apron Tutorial

DIY Tea Towel Apron Tutorial

This is a fabulous and easy gift idea for neighbors, teachers, friends, and family. Use a tea towel to make a quick and simple DIY tea towel apron! I’m not much of a baker, but I appreciate the cover of a apron. I’m a messy cook, and I’m even more messy when I let my

free chapstick holder keychain pattern

Free Chapstick Holder Keychain Pattern

With this free chapstick holder keychain pattern, make a cute keychain to hold your lip balm or chapstick to clip onto your purse or backpack.

How to Make a Lined Drawstring Bag

How to Make a Lined Drawstring Bag

Learn how to make a lined drawstring bag that makes the perfect reusable drawstring gift bag! It’s a great way to decorate for the holidays!

How to Make a Silk Scrunchie

Free Scrunchie Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a DIY scrunchie with a free printable scrunchie PDF sewing pattern. Use cotton or silk for an easy sewing project!

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

Free Mitten Sewing Pattern for Fleece

Learn how to make fleece mittens with a free sewing pattern. It comes in children, teen, and adult sizes and is a great handmade gift!

DIY slippers with Fleece

DIY Slippers with Fleece Fabric

Learn how to make DIY slippers out of fleece fabric. Add pompoms or tassels to this one-seam sewing project. It’s a quick and easy gift.

How to Make a DIY Fabric Tray

How to Make a DIY Fabric Tray

Learn how to make a DIY fabric tray with fabric scraps for simple organizing. It’s a great beginner sewing project that makes an easy gift!

How to Sew a Coaster

How to Sew a Coaster

Learn how to sew a coaster with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a great handmade gift that uses up your scrap fabric.

Free Fleece Hat Pattern

Free Fleece Hat Pattern

Learn how to make a winter fleece hat with a free sewing pattern. This pattern comes in child, teen, and adult sizes for the whole family.

how to make a table runner

How to Sew a Table Runner

Learn how to sew a simple table runner with cotton fabric and trim. Make one for everyday or for holiday decorating, and give it as a handmade gift.

sew mug cozy

How to Sew a Mug Cozy

Learn how to sew a mug cozy for the perfect fall accessory. Use quilting cotton for an easy beginner sewing project that makes a great handmade gift!

make reusable cotton rounds

How to Make DIY Reusable Cotton Rounds

Make use of all those organic cotton scraps of fabric by easily sewing or serging them into DIY reusable cotton rounds. They are great for removing make up!

how to make a bowl cozy

How to Make a Bowl Cozy: Two Ways!

Learn how to make a bowl cozy with batting and fabric scraps. Bowl cozies are quick and easy to make and they are great handmade gifts.

elastic waist skirt pattern

How to Make an Elastic Waist Skirt

Learn how to make an elastic waist skirt. This skirt is easy to sew and comfortable to wear and can be made for any size or age!

DIY Halloween Fabric Bucket + Free Pattern

DIY Fabric Bucket + Free Pattern

Learn how to make a fabric bucket with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is great for decorating and storage.

How to Sew a Key Fob

How to Sew a Key Fob

Learn how to sew a key fob with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a great handmade gift that uses scrap fabric.

free casserole hot pad pattern

Free Casserole Hot Pad Pattern

Learn how to make a casserole hot pad with a free sewing pattern. This large hot pad protects surfaces and makes a great handmade gift.

Free Hanger Cover Sewing Pattern

Free Hanger Cover Sewing Pattern

Learn how to make a fabric hanger cover with a free sewing pattern. This easy sewing project cushions clothing while hanging on a hanger.

Some other great ideas I love are:

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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Thank you for letting me join your sewing journey.
I can’t wait to get started on the beginner projects.

Ok I am so nervous- I have an adult daughter that thinks oh I can do anything – she wants a quilt – please help

I’m looking forward your directions on sewing the Hudson pants with a woven fabric. Thanks